A long overdue return to the Drakensberg was made all the better by a holiday at Montusi that exceeded all our expectations. Great food, friendly service, scenic MTB and hiking routes around the hotel (especially Montusi Gorge) and lazing at the pool or relaxing fly fishing. We look forward to our next visit for more of the same plus the other hiking routes and maybe a horse ride.
We had two nights here on our way from Joburg through the Drakensberg and onto Durban. A great place to stop with about 15 private cottages and a central retaurant.
Lovely grounds wher each place has a stunning view and you don't know there are other cottages until you go outside. The cottages are private and have a fireplace which must e cosy in winter.
We didn't use the pool as overcast when we weret here but it looked good in a rural setting away from the main building.
Nice to have a drink on the veranda before everyone goes in for dinner around the same time. Menu and wine list not extensive but good as was local beer.
Service and breakfast good so couldnt fault the place.
Some serious walks around here but we took the shortest walk (strenuous enough) up to the Bushmans Caves and were amazed that you can still see some painting about 8000 years old.
Had a day trip out to Spion Kop which was worth it although not well sign posted and includes 10km of dirt road. (In fact the site wasn't signed approaching from one way and we found it on the way back). To think soldiers struggled up here with all their equipment in hot weather to die needlesly.
If you come here, stay for at least two nights as it’s a great hotel with lovely cottage accommodation, good service and pleasant food. The pool is excellent. This is a place for hikes if only to the nearby waterfall.
A truly fantastic 3-night stay that we wish had been a week or more. The setting is unbelievable, the views from the lodge are really special. The garden suite we stayed in (15) had such character and space, we really enjoyed being there. Lovely pool area to relax by, and the teatime treats in the lounge area were definitely appreciated. Indeed, the food throughout was a real highlight, at every meal - we'd return just for that Kudu steak alone...!
Of course, we enjoyed both walking on the many trails by the estate and in the nearby Royal Natal park, the scenery is stunning. But we also loved the trip organised by the lodge to see the nearby village, and could only recommend it to others.
All the staff we came across were super friendly and helpful, but a special mention to 2 in particular who we interacted with a lot. Firstly, Victor, our guide for the village trip and for a walk to the Bushmen's cave, who was full of interesting information - we learnt a lot! Secondly, Phindile (hope I remembered right...), who was fantastic in answering our many questions at reception, and was more generally so nice just chatting to us at dinner or otherwise.
We'd love to return here, maybe in Autumn or so to see a greener Drakensberg with the waterfalls running more!
We loved the spacious two room chalet with terrace, open fire place and underfloor heating. The large rock pool must be very refreshing in summer. The beautiful scenery and mountains surrounding the lodge make it a perfect destination for hikers. I could have stayed for weeks.